In August 1974, as an enthusiastic eight year old, Graham followed in his father's footsteps and joined the world famous Kobe Osaka Karate-Do Renmei.
It was there that Graham was introduced to Shukokai Karate, training under the guidance and support of Shihan Tommy Morris (8th Dan), Scotland's first karate black belt and often referred to as "the father of Scottish Karate". Whilst at the Kobe Osaka, Graham had the pleasure of training and grading with Sensei Shigeru Kimura during his regular visits to Glasgow in the 1970's and 1980's.
Graham was promoted to Shodan (1st Dan Black Belt) by Shihan Morris in June 1982 when he was 15 years old. At the time, apart from Shihan Morris's son Steven, Graham was the youngest member of the Kobe Osaka ever to be promoted to black belt. The roots of the Shukokai Karate practiced and taught by Graham can be traced directly back to the Kobe Osaka Karate-Do Renmei.
Dan grading history
Shodan (1st Dan) awarded in 1982 by the Kobe Osaka Karate-Do Renmei
Nidan (2nd Dan) awarded in 1993 by the Tosa-Kochi Karate-Do
Sandan (3rd Dan) awarded in 1996 by the British All Styles Karate Association
Yondan (4th Dan) awarded in 2002 by the British All Styles Karate Association
Godan (5th Dan) awarded in 2008 by the British All Styles Karate Association (ratified by Shihan Kunio Miyake, 8th Dan, Shuko-Kai International 2010)
Graham is a Scottish Karate Governing Body (SKGB) Level 3 Coach, the chairperson of Karate Kai Scotland and the chief instructor of the Kugatsu Karate-Do. He is also a European Karate Federation Kata Judge and British Karate Federation Kumite Referee.
Graham is a qualified Social Worker (Diploma in Social Work) and in addition to teaching karate he currently works part-time as Learning and Development lead at the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland based at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow).
Graham can be contacted by email or phone +44 (0)7885 954 223